Trucker arrested in record drug bust – Truck News

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BUFFALO, N.Y. – U.S. officers have arrested a truck driver working in Canada following the seizure of marijuana worth more than US$20 million from a tractor trailer at the Peace Bridge Cargo Facility in Buffalo, N.Y.

The 9,472 pounds of marijuana was discovered last Thursday within a commercial shipment manifested as storage containers, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said Monday.

The Peace Bridge Cargo Facility in Buffalo, N.Y. Photo: CBP

“This is the largest narcotics seizure recorded on the northern border and ranks 23rd in the United States, for a period covering the last 5 years,” the agency said.

CBP identified the driver as a 26-year-old citizen of India with permanent Canadian residency status, but his name was not revealed.

It said the male driver presented a manifest indicating the trailer contained storage bins.

“During a non-intrusive
inspection scan of the commercial truck, CBP officers noticed anomalies within
the storage bins, performed a tailgate exam and discovered vacuumed sealed
packages with what appeared to be marijuana.”

A complete physical exam revealed 55 wooden pallet boxes that contained vacuum sealed packages of marijuana, it said.

CBP
Photo: CBP

“This was an
excellent job by our officers from start to finish,” said port director
Jennifer De La O.

“From
recognizing a shipment that needed further screening, to the identification of
the anomaly during the secondary scan, to the coordination with our partners at
Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) our officers are committed to
intercepting these illicit drugs from being smuggled in.”

The driver has been charged with possessing with the intent to distribute and import marijuana into the U.S.

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